Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Hideout Inn: A Chicago secret

CAPTION: The Hideout Inn, 1354 W. Wabansia, in Chicago, Illinois, and
bar tender Marcilyn, last night before yesterday's "Dollar Store" event.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- If ever you get around Chicago way, a great nightspot off the beaten path is the Hideout Inn, a bar that has been operating since the 1930s.

The Hideout Inn is located at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., in the city.

More than simply just somewhere to drink, the Hideout Inn is a great place for local atmosphere and friendly folks. Was Capone ever there? No idea. But there must be a reason it was called the Hideout.

A bar tender on duty last night, Marcilyn, said the bar was a gathering place long before the 1930s, though. "It just seems like someplace people always came," she said.

A notable regular event at the Hideout is the Dollar Store show, hosted by author Jonathan Messinger and musical host Abraham Levitan of Baby Teeth. Last night, The Dollar Store welcomed authors Kevin Sampsell and Diana Slickman.

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